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Kleon Penn (born September 1, 1986) is a British Virgin Islander-Puerto Rican professional basketball player who last played for Brujos de Guayama of the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN). He played college basketball for H. Lavity Stoutt Community College and McNeese State.

Kleon Penn
Free agent
PositionCenter
Personal information
Born (1986-09-01) September 1, 1986 (age 32)
Fajardo, Puerto Rico
NationalityBritish Virgin Islander / Puerto Rican
Listed height7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight285 lb (129 kg)
Career information
College
NBA draft2009 / Undrafted
Playing career2010–present
Career history
2010Caciques de Humacao
2010Soles de Mexicali
2010–2011Potros ITSON
2011Caciques de Humacao
2011–2012Fuerza Regia
2012Caciques de Humacao
2012–2013Huracanes del Atlántico
2013Toros de Aragua
2013–2014Caciques de Humacao
2014–2015Vaqueros de Bayamón
2015–2016Trotamundos de Carabobo
2016–2018Brujos de Guayama
Career highlights and awards
  • BSN All-Defensive Team (2016)
  • BSN Defensive Player of the Year (2011, 2013, 2014)
  • Honorable mention All-Southland (2009)

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College careerEdit

Penn began his career with Tortola's H. Lavity Stoutt Community College where he averaged a double-double and eight blocked shots during the eight-game season while recording a triple-double in one game.[1]

The next season, he transferred to McNeese State where on his second year, he led the conference, ranked fourth in the nation and set a single season school record for blocked shots after ending with 117 for an average of 4.0 per game.[2][3] By the end of his college career, he was second on the Cowboys' all-time career blocked shots list with 264 career blocked shots.[4]

Professional careerEdit

After going undrafted in the 2009 NBA draft, Penn was drafted by the Caciques de Humacao with the second selection of Puerto Rico's 2010 draft and signed afterwards.[5] After averaging 11 points, 8 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game, he moved to Mexico and played with Soles de Mexicali[6] and Potros ITSON[7] before returning to Humacao where he won the first of three BSN Defensive Player of the Year awards.[8]

On August 24, 2011, he returned to Mexico, this time with Fuerza Regia,[9] however, he missed the rest of the 2011–2012 season after suffering a metatarsal fracture.[10] On March 31, 2012, he returned to Humacao.[11]

On July 12, 2012, he moved to Dominican Republic, this time with Huracanes del Atlántico for the rest of the year[12] and on January 18, 2013, he signed with Venezuelan Toros de Aragua.[13]

After a fourth stint with Humacao, Penn was traded on January 21, 2014 to Vaqueros de Bayamón.[14]

After averaging 4.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 18.4 minutes per game with Vaqueros, Penn signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves on September 18, 2015.[4][8][15] On October 24, 2015, he was waived by the Timberwolves after appearing in three preseason games.[16] On December 26, he returned to Venezuela, this time with Trotamundos de Carabobo.[17] In February 2016, Penn was acquired by Brujos de Guayama.[18][19]

Personal lifeEdit

Penn was born in Fajardo, Puerto Rico from a British Virgin Islander mother that was visiting. Afterwards, they moved back to Tortola, British Virgin Islands where he grew up.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MCNEESE STATE Team Report". CSTV.com. January 21, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  2. ^ "Our Five Favorite Underrated College Hoopsters of 2008-2009". ESPN.com. November 18, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  3. ^ "NCAA grants Kleon Penn additional year at McNeese State". Eurobasket.com. September 24, 2008. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Former McNeese Cowboy Kleon Penn signed to Timberwolves training camp deal". KPLCTV.com. September 17, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Dennis Clemente es seleccionado por Humacao en el sorteo del BSN". PrimeraHora.com. March 2, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2015. (in Spanish)
  6. ^ "OTRO AJUSTE EN EL ROSTER DE SOLES". LNBP.com. October 5, 2010. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 18, 2015. (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "KLEON PENN NUEVO CENTRO DE POTROS ITSON LNBP". LNBP.com. December 2, 2010. Retrieved September 18, 2015.[permanent dead link] (in Spanish)
  8. ^ a b "VI's Kleon Penn joins Minnesota Timberwolves training camp". VirginIslandsNewsOnline.com. September 16, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  9. ^ "Llega Kleon Penn a Fuerza Regia". ElNorte.com. August 24, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2015. (in Spanish)
  10. ^ "KLEON PENN QUEDA FUERA DE LA TEMPORADA REGULAR". LNBP.com. November 20, 2011. Retrieved September 18, 2015.[permanent dead link] (in Spanish)
  11. ^ "Caciques de Humacao tab Kleon Penn". Sportando.com. March 31, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  12. ^ "LNB - KLEON PENN NUEVO REFUERZO DE HURACANES DEL ATLÁNTICO". DominicanosEnBasket.com. July 18, 2012. Retrieved September 18, 2015. (in Spanish)
  13. ^ "Jeffrey Addai, Kleon Penn y James Maye Jr. refuerzos de Toros". TorosDeAragua.net. January 18, 2013. Retrieved September 18, 2015. (in Spanish)
  14. ^ "Bayamón adquiere a Kleon Penn". ElNuevoDia.com. January 21, 2014. Retrieved September 18, 2015. (in Spanish)
  15. ^ "Timberwolves Sign Kleon Penn and Nick Wiggins". NBA.com. September 18, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  16. ^ "Timberwolves Waive Three Players". NBA.com. October 24, 2015. Retrieved October 24, 2015.
  17. ^ "Kleon Penn llegó para defender los tableros de Trotamundos". LiderEnDeportes.com (in Spanish). December 26, 2015. Retrieved December 28, 2015.
  18. ^ Maldonado Ríos, Antolín (February 15, 2016). "Guayama viene a 'gardear'". ElNuevoDia.com (in Spanish). Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  19. ^ Maldonado Ríos, Antolín (February 25, 2016). "Aguada le agua la fiesta a los Leones". ElNuevoDia.com (in Spanish). Retrieved March 19, 2016.

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